Learn about China
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Draw on our varied resources to learn about the culture and history of China.
By way of an introduction, we have China, a country whose culture dates back 4,200 to 5,000 years ago. And we know that in paleolithic times Asian people began traveling out of Mongolia into Russia, crossing over to Alaska, then Canada, on down into America. Asian People become First Nation People.
China has 56 Ethnic Tribes (Atayal tribe, one of Taiwan's 14 native ethnic groups,) and America has 562 First Nation tribal entities recognized and eligible for funding and services from the Bureau of Indian Affairs by virtue of their status as Indian tribes re: Section 104 of the Act of November 2, 1994 (Pub. L. 103-454; 108 Stat. 4791, 4792. These tribes guard their, territories, languages, songs, history, and stories. The tribes protect their culture and don't want to assimilate, which makes governance a real problem.
Birch Bark was also used to make clothes
The letter -- a report from a historical society that had sought interpretation from Ojibwe medicine men -- said the scrolls depicted ceremonial songs "concerning the most fundamental laws and needs of the [Ojibwe] people." 42 birch bark scrolls inscribed with symbols and pictures were more than 200 years old, and all originated "at Nett Lake on the Bois Forte Reservation." Traditionally, memory-aiding symbols and pictures were inscribed on birch bark to preserve the stories and songs, because the Ojibwe had no written language. The society has a reputation for strict secrecy, no doubt reinforced when it was outlawed for almost 100 years and was driven underground. Many of the original birch bark scrolls were destroyed by missionaries who saw the Midewiwin as an obstacle to Christianizing the Ojibwe.
At some point the European invader came and took what they wanted from the indigenous people who first lived in America. First Nation People didn't want to be conqured and have their land stolen away, but they were pushed off their land, offered deals, contracts, promises, and apologies from the U.S. government. An apology for the government's deceipt, never giving the money owed to First Nation people.
Then Wall Street crashed. Seems after all the years of thievery, deregulation and corporate corruption by the original industrialists that once profited from their piracy, (by taking the land away from the First Nation people) asks the US government for a bailout. Wall Street needed money, | FINANCIAL LITERACY |and they got it. Yes, Congress authorized the money in only ten days, imagine that!
Now, America owes China a lot of money. The Treasury Department estimates that American debt to China is approximately $889 billion. That is more than $10,000 in debt for the average American working family. Asian People become First Nation People and now the Chinese own America. What goes around, comes around.
China's communist rulers are now the world's most powerful and wealthy political party, but China is just a cell phone swarm away from revolution in certain regions, with a Nobel Peace Prize to a jailed Chinese activist.
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“Therefore I say: Know the enemy and know yourself; in a hundred battles you will never be in peril. When you are ignorant of the enemy but know yourself, your chances of winning or losing are equal. If ignorant of your enemy and of yourself, you are certain in every battle to be in peril.” ~ Sun Tzu
And Even if Communist China controls all media 24/7 360 people can read! China's newspaper circulation surpassed 50 billion, rising 13.9 percent year on year and continuing to rank first in the world. 25 mainland dailies stood among the top 100 dailies in the world in 2010.
Chinese President Hu Jintao meets with Fox News Owner Rupert Murdock. “The Chinese discovered that Rupert was a real emperor who controlled everything himself.” [ 1 ] [ 2 ]
The U.S. And Its Long History With The 'Middle Kingdom' Americans, going back to the 1700s, have been convinced China would become more like us. Merchants thought so. Missionaries and diplomats thought so. Advocates of free trade, the rule of law and open internet thought so. But... it is not the result of a modern democratic society that so many Americans have wished for.
The First lie is that Franklin Deleno Roosevelt's grandfather was a very prominent China trader, when in fact he was an Opium Smuggler! That is where the profits came from that made the first great, rich families of the United States.
The China Story
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Mostly print sources such as First Person / Source Online News Reports, Websites, Encyclopedia or Books.
Most are from the Internet and permission for use granted from the source; 2) used with fair use" principal applied.
METHODOLOGY: When I started this project in 2009 I was living in Shanghai, China. I began reading newspapers, and living with media censorship. It was the 60th year anniversary of the Cultural Revolution. I culled the online information and aggregated currated links that citizens would read everyday about culture, law, economics, government, history, current events, art etc. the context through which I would understand how the world worked in and through my experience living in China 2009.
LEGITIMACY AND EXPERTISE:
I am not an independent scholar, professor nor subject specialist. I've used good sources but do not offer footnotes nor bibliographies. I provide links. When a source is not listed the information can be taken to be a generally accepted fact (often seen in at least two different authoratative, first person resources ) or has been arrived through observation and careful thought.
Please excuse any small errors and editing mistakes. I stand by the accuracy of the text, with occasional misspelled names, mistyped numbers and statements that have not been properly qualified. Expect to find mistakes, however this same disclaimer should also be found in any text being used at Yale, Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, and Museum when they choose to omit sensitive facts about sensitive subjects